Ring Around The Sun Today

Solar halo at 11 a.m. this morning — Bob King /News Tribune Colder weather and new snow are on the way. Cirrostratus clouds often precede these storm fronts, and this morning they form a pale wash across Northland skies. If you look up right now, you might see a huge ring around the sun called a solar halo. Billions of hexagonal ice crystals…
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Swing High Sweet Chariot

What a sweet night. Clear and calm without the usual bite in the air. I didn’t want to take down the telescope but the faint refrain of "gotta go to work tomorrow" finally sent me off to bed around midnight. I don’t know which I  like more — observing through the telescope or just gawking at the sky, but there was time for both last…
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What’s Up Dock? More Alien Evidence

A camera on the space station records the ATV’s rehearsal approach Monday – NASA TV  Applause all around! The Jules Verne cargo carrier ship (ATV) successfully docked this morning with the International Space Station. And it was all done remotely. Jules fired lasers at mirrors on the docking port, which reflected them back to its sensors. The interchange allowed Jules…
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We Bid Adieu To The Queen

Cassiopeia the Queen descends in the northwest around 9 p.m. – Bob King / News Tribune One of the sky’s most recognizable constellations is heading down the northwestern sky this month. Most of us have heard of Cassiopeia, a zigzag of stars in the shape of a "W". The constellation represents the legendary queen of Ethiopia and…
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Mars On The Run; Space Station Pass Tonight

Mars’ trajectory in Gemini over the next 2 weeks – created with Stellarium If you haven’t found the space station yet, it’ll be out again tonight for the Northland. Watch it rise in the west at 8:02 p.m., cut across the northern sky and set in the northeast at 8:07 p.m. The Jules Verne ship…
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